Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Winner of the Special
Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, this riveting feature, filmed in a
deliberately raw fashion, veers between being the bleakest of tragedies and the most
astonishing of black comedies. A well-to-do family gathers for a weekend reunion, where
rivalries and insecurities pale next to the dark secret shared by the father and his
favorite son. Made as part of the "Dogma 95" collective (which includes Lars Von
Trier), a group devoted to making movies with as little technical polish as possible--no
artificial lighting, sets or props, with an emphasis on hand-held camerawork and gritty
realism. This film was shot on digital video before being transferred to film.
"Imagine Eugene O'Neill and Woody Allen collaborating on a screenplay about a family
reunion. Now let Luis Bunuel direct it" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).
German and Danish with English subtitles. 106 minutes.